Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in Doultin and Shepton Mallet on either side of Fosse Way. The surname Foose is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree.
Early Origins of the Foose family
Somerset where they held a family seat from very early times. The name is first documented as early as 978, recorded as Fos.
Early History of the Foose family
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Foose Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Foose are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Foose include: Foss, Fosse, Fos, Voss, Foose, Foos and others.
Early Notables of the Foose family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Foose family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Foose or a variant listed above:
Foose Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
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